SECTION 13. Handing the Ball


  1. Handing the ball is transferring player possession from one teammate to another without throwing, fumbling or kicking it.

  2. Except when permitted by rule, handing the ball forward to a teammate is illegal.

  3. Loss of player possession by unsuccessful execution of attempted handing is a fumble by the last player in possession [Exception: The snap (Rule 2-23-1-c)].

  4. A backward handoff occurs when the ball carrier releases the ball before it is beyond the yard line where the ball carrier is positioned.

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